Nashville Flea Market
The Nashville Flea Market is held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds on the fourth Saturday weekend of each month, except in December, when the Flea Market is held on the third weekend. LOTS of vendors selling gifts, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, arts and crafts, and anything else you can think of! Admission is FREE! Onsite parking is $5.00 (free if you have a handicap license plate or hang tag), but there is lots of free street parking within walking distance.
BTW - I chose to list this as a "Local Custom" rather than "Shopping" because it is only an option for you one weekend a month.
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CMA Music Festival (formerly Fan Fair)
Held annually the second Thurs-Sun in June, the CMA Music Festival is great fun. Most of the downtown activities/concerts are FREE - several stages of live music, vendors giving free samples (Ice Cream!!), and other things to see and do. If you opt for the 4-day pass (available for about $130 per person), you also get: access to the Autograph lines, where you can meet your favorite country music stars, get an autograph and have your picture taken with them; access to the photo lines at the Riverfront and LP Field stages ( right up at the stages for the best photos of your favorite artist as they perform), and access to the nightly "headliner" concerts at LP Field - these concerts feature 6-8 stars PER NIGHT! Single night passes for the LP Field concerts are available for $40/night, so if you plan on attending all four nights, it is cheaper to just get the 4-day pass and get all the other stuff too.
Definitely consider attending - but if you do, remember to stay hydrated (beer doesn't count!), wear sunscreen and a hat (does not have to be a cowboy hat!), and go inside periodically to cool off. And whatever you do, DO NOT forget your camera - you never know who will be walking past you! :-)
Tony and I attended the Volksfest today at Centennial Park and we had a great time..I took a ton of photos with my cell phone, but somehow lost them during the download process to my cell phone but thank goodness I got a few on my camera before my batteries died..
We got there about 12:30..We parked and walked across the park enjoying the weather..not too cold and not too hot...just like good beer, just right!!!
We checked in with the ladies and showed our id to get our bracelets..went to the token tent to buy our beer mugs and tokens..$30 worth...we got one stein to share...and that way we had
plenty of tokens to drink and chow on..
We went to the beer tents in the back..first the dark beer...darker the better..I lived in Germany and it is a required taste for Americans...who are not used to ...you might not appreciate a real dark robust stout of ale...but Tony was game...
Then we found a seat in the bier tent...to listen to the German Polka band...great music...like she said the more you drink the better they sounded...and they were drinking right along with us..
So I went to the Essen area to get some grub...a Pretzel and soda for one token ($5) great deal...so I thought.. but to my disappointment..pretzelish like bread with mustard..not a true German Stoneground Mustard and not a Bavarian Pretzel...ugh...oh well..lets drink some more..this time...a lighter bier...a pilsner please...Vas..???? no pilsner??? She gave me a blondie...as she called it but it was Pilsner (light)...and it was good...cold...and bier...
Then we thought we would get a brat with sauerkraut on a German brochen...but NIX on that...the sausage was like a Johnsonville...the kraut was sort of a sweet and sourish mix...and the roll ....a normal bun...oh well...I guess I really need to go back to Germany for a real volksfest....
but we had fun....
We got a few more biers and left about 2:45-3..back to Nashville...leaving faux Germany behind until next year!!!
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Unfortunately the greasy, fat food and also the slowness of life of the South changes people's shapes into obese shapes. Nashville is not an exception from this Southern fenomena.
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